Written by Ed Castle.
MAUREEN THE MINK
A Muppet Family Christmas (1987)
Best known role…
Christmas present from Kermit to Piggy; devoted diva fan.
WHO IS MAUREEN THE MINK?
Maureen is a mink who fulfills one of the Muppets’ age-old maxims… It may a terrible joke, which means it’s prefectly suited for us. Her only appearance came in the form of a reply to a gag set up by Kermit in one of the all-time Christmas classics, A Muppet Family Christmas in 1987. Towards the end of the traditional carol sing, Kermit confesses to have gotten Miss Piggy a mink as a present. Piggy gets excited at this revelation, thinking her frog splurged on wardrobe (for once) and got her a mink coat. You’d think that if someone you loved said they got you a mink for Christmas… But no… Kermit got Piggy a real mink, well, a real Muppet mink that is in the form of Maureen.
Voiced and performed by Karen Prell, Maureen professes to being a huge fan of Miss Piggy saying she worships the ground the diva walks on. Piggy just laps up the praise in her usual diva fashion, welcoming her to the fandom. With her blonde hairdo and cute broken Brooklyn accent, Maureen certainly stands out as a nice new character who could have had potential in the Muppet troop.
WHY DO THE MUPPETS NEED MAUREEN THE MINK?
Maureen is the first Muppet portrayed as a fan of the Muppets, specifically Miss Piggy. It’s intriguing to think that she could have paved the way for our new favorite Muppet, Walter, who is equally starstruck upon first meeting his idols, literally fainting at the foot of the frog himself.
Also, I’d like to think that if Maureen had been kept as an active character beyond this special, she could have become Piggy’s personal assistant much in the way Scooter is seen as Kermit’s assistant. And although we did get Vicki to help run Muppet Central two years later, it would have been fun to see Maureen as the go-fer (er mink) for Miss Piggy.